As published on Neumu
“Our band could be your life,” the man said. Well, yes and no. I’ve never thought that was really the key line in The Minutemen’s “History Lesson, Pt II.” To me, the key line is “Punk rock changed our lives.” The song is the story of fans, rock ‘n’ roll fans caught up in the brand new world of indie rock in the 1980s. People just like me. And you. The best thing about the 1980s indie-rock underground wasn’t just the bands — some of which were among the greatest of all — but the fact that those bands were made up of people just like you and me. Fucking corndogs, as opposed to inaccessible rock gods.